CHESTER MP Stephen Mosley has backed the government’s one per cent cap on the annual rise of benefits.
Mr Mosley voted in favour of the decision to cap annual rises in working-age benefits and some tax credits for the next three years, at the House of Commons on Tuesday.
In giving his reasons for supporting the bill, Mr Mosley stated he believed people want to see fairness restored to the welfare state, and want their government to be on the side of hard working families.
He said: “Many hard working families are seeing their budgets squeezed in these tough economic times. They want to make sure they are not penalised for working hard.
“It is only fair we all share the burden equally, and that the gap between those who earn and those on benefits does not continue to rise. This is what people across Chester tell me they want to hear, and why I voted for Tuesday’s cap.
“I am a firm believer in the welfare state, but I cannot abide a welfare state which destroys aspiration, hope and personal responsibility.”
Labour voted in opposition of the cap, which will save more than £2billion a year, saying that it was a ‘hit and run’ on families.